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Women should be offered a blood test for ovarian cancer

 

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Women should be offered a blood test for ovarian cancer

Women who present to their GP with symptoms of ovarian cancer should be offered a simple blood test in an attempt to diagnose the “silent killer” early on, says NICE.

In the first ever clinical guideline for ovarian cancer, NICE recommends that initial investigations be carried out in general practice so that women can be referred to hospital specialists sooner and begin treatment earlier. Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer in women with around 6,800 women being diagnosed every year in the UK.